Pubs on 15 Bus Line
Corner bottle shop with McMenamins tap selection. Unusual in that this is a rare private shop that sells liquor, normally done in state liquor shops (Oregon is a control state). Plenty of beer (included crowlers packaged fresh form the taps) and McMenamins schwag to buy too.
It should be axiomatic that a sandwich shop named Meat Cheese Bread would have an affiliated bar named Beer. Originally, this was a smallish two-room pub with bar in front and quiet back room, old-school breweriana everywhere, and well chosen selection of craft taps and bottles. More recently, a 2018 expansion saw a near-doubling in the venue's size, opening up a second room in the space right next door. Order food from next door and they'll deliver, too.
In the same restaurant complex that houses downtown Portland's Lardo sandwich shop and Grass pasta restaurant (and under common ownership with both places), Beer Belly feels almost more like a diner with a lot of taps than a typical pub. Beer selection is wide-ranging. Note that this place started business as "Beer Belly," before a cease-and-desist forced the name change.
Originally a small beer specialty shop located on SE Belmont St very near the Horse Brass, Belmont Station moved and expanded to the current SE Stark location several years ago, increasing the selection and adding a beer café. Widely considered to be one of the best of its kind in Portland.
Newest of the Breakside group of breweries and taprooms. Huge, modern two-level pub and restaurant, bustling and busy, deservedly popular with a wide-ranging taplist of house beers.
The pub that brought Portland's emergence in the sour-beer world into sharp focus. Fans of sour beer - particularly beers inspired by Belgium's Flanders reds and browns - should consider this a must-visit.
Old-fashioned saloon-style restaurant and bar with modest but well-chosen selection of beer on tap, some bottles, and liquor. Good for a quiet drink and late-night nosh after a concert at the nearby Crystal Ballroom.
Opened March 2019, originally as an expanded production brewery, no complete with on-premises taproom and full kitchen.
This is the OG pub of the Portland beer scene, a British-style pub that transcends mere imitation with a wider selection on tap than you'll find in any pub in the UK, and a huge proportion of what's on tap is Oregon brewed. The Horse Brass is an institution, and a mandatory stop on any Portland beer itinerary.
Rambling England-meets-Deadhead neighborhood pub in Northwest Portland with the usual McMenamins trappings of pub food and house ales. McMenamins pubs may be predictable, but as predictable goes, they're okay for a house brew and an inexpensive and filling meal. Eight pool tables for the players.
Rooftop bar pouring Migration Brewing beers, on to-do list
Friendly neighborhood brewery taproom in the western edge of the Montavilla business district, with recent addition of Threshold Brewing and Blending, plus nearby Roscoe's and Beer Bunker, very pub-crawlable too. Beer garden in good weather.
One of a national chain of pizza & beer places, typically in suburban locations. Plenty of craft beer taps include local brewers, and the pizza-centered menu is budget-friendly. It may not be the same as the warm and cozy corner local in an urban neighborhood, but the beer selection is good.
Big rambling pub and beer garden a short walk from the Commons and Cascade Barrel House. Formerly the Green Dragon, major remodeling and rebranding has done away with the old and in with the Rogue, heavy on house beers plus 19 guest taps.
You don't normally get dives with a beer selection like this, which is all the reason needed to drop in to Roscoe's and choose from the excellent range on tap. Good pub eats, sushi from next door, outdoor seating in good weather, popular locals' bar. What's not to like?
Production brewery and taproom, expansion of original Sasquatch brewpub in southwest Portland (Hillsdale).
Cozy little pub with plenty of corner nooks and a back patio, serving a good range of Sean Burke's lagers and ales.
Portland's idea of a beer hall is huge, and so is the selection. 99 taps pour a primarily Oregon-focused selection, plus occasional out-of-state "guests." In a state with more than 220 breweries, that almost makes sense. Food is simple, with sausages from Olympia Provisions on a pretzel bun, and a few other beer-friendly items. The bar abandoned its cash-only, no-tipping policy and accepts credit cards.
Montavilla brewery opened in January 2019, the second brewery in this neighborhood, with Montavilla Brewing just around the corner. Threshold features a roomy, open taproom space, including seats at the bar. Good range of beers on tap: a grisette, various takes on hazy IPA, gose, and lightly smoky grodziskie. Bring your own food or order a zapiekanka. This part of Montavilla now has four decent beer venues, making for a good pub crawl.
Newish pub opened during the pandemic, now operating normal hours. Good alternative to nearby Roscoe's.
Brand new Portland brewpub as of July 24th, 2018. Seating on two levels, bar upstairs, pub food, and everything is so new and shiny. It will get a lived-in look in due time. Very modern, good use of a re-purposed building.